The City of Mississauga wanted about a week in order to make a decision regarding their vacancy in Purchasing. After a little over a week, and having heard nothing from them, I called them and asked for the status.
They were apologetic, but needed another 2-3 days. I gave them a week, and called again. They were still reviewing the applications, but asked if I was free for a 2nd interview. Of course I said “Yes” and an appointment was made.
The second interview appeared to go quite well and, at the end, I asked how long they felt they needed to make a decision. They were hoping to have it finalized within a week. After a little over week, I called them for an update and the conversation went something like this:
Secretary: Oh… hi Colin. I guess you’re following up again?
Colin: Well yes. I hadn’t heard from you so thought that I would just see how things were progressing.
Secretary: Well we’ve now got a short list, but we need a few more days.
Colin: So you expect to make a decision within the next 3-4 days?
Secretary: Hopefully yes… and you are going to call us again after 4 days aren’t you?
Colin: Of course.
Secretary: Can you hold for a moment?
New voice: Hi Colin, my name is Herb Baldwin and I’m the director of Purchasing.
Colin: Oh…… Hi !
New voice: You are very persistent. You really want this position don’t you.
Colin: I certainly do.
New voice: When could you start?
Colin: Are you offering me the position?
New voice: Yes.
New voice: How about you start next Monday. I shall look forward to meeting you again.
Moral: Perseverance pays off!